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Released on November 22, 2002

An inquest into the death of Vernon Crowe will take place February 17th to

28th, 2003, at 9:30 am in a Regina location to be announced at a later


On July 10th, 2001, an ambulance was summoned to downtown Regina to attend

to Crowe, age 32, who was suffering an apparent seizure. Crowe became

quite agitated in the ambulance and police assistance was requested.

Various measures were used to attempt to subdue Crowe, including the use of

pepper spray. Crowe was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on


The inquest has been ordered by the Chief Coroner for Saskatchewan.

Inquests are open to the public. Evidence is given before a six-person

jury, summoned at random. In addition to establishing when and where the

death occurred and the medical cause of death, the coroner's jury may make

recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.

The presiding coroner will be Hugh Harradence of Prince Albert.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. John Nyssen

Chief Coroner



Phone: (306) 787-5541

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